英会話ブログ その743       Animals, from A to Z

2016/01/08

"Q" is for Quail

There are very few words in the English language beginning with the letter "Q".

So animals with the first letter being a "Q" are rather rare.  However, one bird, we all familiar with, in Japan and in the U.S, as well is the "quail".

The plural form of quail is quail, since the quail family of birds is so great, the word "quail" as become a collective term.

Quail are all over the world and include a vast array of colorful variations.  They are commonly hunted world-wide and eaten by the hunters, after they are shot down like mini-fighter planes, flying out of the bush over rivers, streams and ponds.

Shooting quail is like shooting skeet for some outdoorsmen.  Most of the shooters use shotguns to take down the quail, peppering their feathered-bodies with steel pellets.  They are a pain in the neck (troublesome) to clean as a result and also because of their many feathers.

Larger quail are farm-raised for their eggs which are considered a delicacy in some countries.  In Japan, quail eggs are sold in most supermarkets and are considered as rather common fair.                                  (V.C)


英会話表現&英単語
quail                           ウズラ
There are very few words        ほとんど(該当する)単語がない
rather rare                     かなり珍しい
as well                         同様に
plural form                     複数形
collective term                 集合名詞(用語)
vast array of 〜        非常に沢山の
mini-fighter plane              小型戦闘機
shooting skeet                  スキート射撃
outdoorsman                     野外スポーツ愛好者
pepper 〜 with steel pellets    〜に鉄の散弾を浴びせる
farm-raised                     農場で育てられる
delicacy                        ごちそう、珍味
common fair                     (卵の)フェアー(品評会)

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